Date: 25th March 2007 at 5:23pm
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With another mind numbingly tedious international break temporarily removing the meaning from my life, I thought I might churn out the most general of articles. A weekend addled away in Croydon’s luminous drinking establishments has denegrated my brain into something resembling Swiss cheese and with my guitar having been successfully restrung, I thought I would expend my boredom in the shape of this article. My Premiership team of the season so far. Usually, I am loathe to produce something like this until May, but international games will probably rob us of half of these players for the rest of the season, so here goes……

1.Ben FOSTER (Watford)- Marginally edges out Cech, who was on the sidelines slightly too long to make the cut. Foster has had plenty to do in the Watford goal this season, and has done most of it brilliantly. He has a Schmeichel like presence rare in a young goalie and is easily better than England’s current chubster between the posts. Shame he belongs to Man United eh? I would love to see him as Jens’s successor.

2.Micah RICHARDS (Manchester City)- Right back is a bit of a sparse category this year, usually Neville would win it hands down but Richards has been consistent and shown a maturity that belies his youth.

5.Nemanja VIDIC (Manchester United)- Most thought Fergie had been on the whiskey when he bought the Serbian defender, but that oft ignored trait of patience healed all wounds as Vidic’s immense strength and commanding aerial presence saw him become United’s defensive lynchpin.

6.Linvoy PRIMUS (Portsmouth)- With firm competition from Campbell and Stefanovic, Primus raised his game significantly to become the season’s great surprise package. Lightning speed and an insatiable work ethic made him one of the big reasons for Pompey’s revival under Redknapp.

3.Gael CLICHY (ARSENAL)- Ultra consistent, has been tenacious in defence and a reliable outlet going forward. Has improved the offensive side of his game tremendously, causing havoc with his dribbling.

7.Cristiano RONALDO (Manchester United)- You can’t really argue with this one can you? As you know I am loathe to agree with any media consensus, but this guy has been sensational. The tricks and flicks really don’t impress me, they seldom get him anywhere. But his marauding running has crucified defenders all season long and he has really assumed the mantle of United’s star player, wresting the set piece responsibilities and scoring many a goal. His form has also been set against the backdrop of a nation hellbent on scapegoating him for an act of Rooney thuggery. The fact that Ronaldo has thoroughly outshone Rooney this year is a delicious irony indeed.

4.GILBERTO Silva (ARSENAL)- In a young side bereft of its star turn for much of the season, Gilberto has stepped up from his quietly effective role to become a real leader. His experience and flawless footballing brain have never been in doubt (for me anyway), but he has really become a lion this year. For me, he is Arsenal’s player of the season by quite some distance.

8.Michael ESSIEN (Chelsea)- Has been Chelsea’s star player with a series of all action displays. Has selflessly done a quiet job at right back and centre half without complaint, but in midfield he has shown a domineering aspect to his game that made him a hit at Lyon.

11.Ryan GIGGS (Manchester United)- Great players are able to adapt their games as time dictates, and Giggs is no longer the whippersnapper he was. However, he has used his experience and his brain to become a cog in the United side, keeping them ticking over with his creativity. There is a common theme in United’s rare defeats this year- Giggs is usually absent.

10.Dimitar BERBATOV (Tottenham Hotspur)- This guy is a different class, he has stepped up a level from Bundesliga to Premiership with ease. A gravity defying touch and great upper body strength. His positional play is incredibly intelligent and Spurs will have a job holding onto him in the summer with Man United looking for another striker.

9.Didier DROGBA (Chelsea)- Beginning to justify Chelsea’s huge outlay, leading the line with poise and an arrogance that top players usually possess. The range of his goals, as well as their regularity, has really caught the eye.

12.Jamie CARRAGHER (Liverpool)
13.Brad FRIEDEL (Blackburn Rovers)
14.Gareth BARRY (Aston Villa)
16.Aaron LENNON (Tottenham Hotspur)
17.Andrew JOHNSON (Everton)
18.Benni McCARTHY (Blackburn Rovers)

I have tried not to exercise any personal prejudice, certain players on the list have been involved in controversies. But this article is produced as a football fan. It was also hard to exclude the likes of Nicky Shorey, Kolo Toure, Patrice Evra, Paul Scholes and Jermaine Jenas (HA!) Nevertheless, I am sure you will add any glaring omissions on the forum. LD.


81 Replies to “Prem Team of the Season So Far”

  • Good to see Bradders and Benni McGoalmachine as part of the squad, no David Bentley though?!?!

  • Bentley on the wing ahead of Ronaldo? Niente I am afraid. He would have been behind Hleb, Gary O’Neil, Aaron Lennon. No Carvalho because he’s crap,”oh waaah, can’t do it without Terry”, Essien’s been better in defence. Not a fan of Fat Boy either, if he doesn’t score his contribution to a game is precisely nil. This shows up on the national stage where he doesn’t have Essien or Makelele to do his donkey work. McCarthy is a class player, it’s a mystery to me why one of the top four didn’t go for him. Ourselves, United, Chlesea and L’pool will all probably buy a striker in the summer, I think they all would have done well to get Benni from Porto.

  • Bentley is an English ex Arsenal player who has been magnificent this season but couldn’t possibly make the list as this would imply the fallability of Wenger. This is reinforced also by the absense of Steve Sidwell who is having a stonking season…. I think a keeper who lets in a goal from 91yds obviously has to be No1 … a keeper who has to make more saves obviously is likely to make a number of good ones – it is easy to appear good if you are constantly busy rather than maintain your concentration levels when you have go through long periods of idleness. This position should go to Van der Sar though Jaaskalienen has had another good season. I am unaware why Clichy should be included – Matty Taylor has had a top season and has been a superior player as well as chipping in with several goals – Bentley should be ahead of Essien but for the reasons outlined won’t be as should Sidwell and Gerrard who again seems to be able to dominate games by sheer force of will (unfortunately not replicated with England). Primus has had a great season but this has been because of the presence of Campbell, Dawson has had a better season because for large tracts of it he has had to play without England’s No1 Centre Back as claimed by Thierry Henry. Jonathan Woodgate also demands a mention … and regarding Ronaldo that would be the act of Rooney like thuggery of being dangerously tackled from behind by Carvalho and stepping backwards to try to maintain balance whilst being goaded by the very same Ronaldo who had made it apparent to everyone that he had intended to try to get Rooney sent off – whilst Rooney was stupid, deliberately trying to get an opponent booked or sent off, is cheating. The anti English prejudice of the author surfaces yet again.

  • Even though the author has included seven English players in his eighteen. Sidwell has been marvellous, but not as good as Gilberto, Essien, Scholes or Fabregas. There’s only room for eighteen players, this is my opinion. Bentley. not enough end product in my opinion. Taylor has been good but Clichy has been awesome and gets my vote, Shorey also got a mention (given my anti English prejudice that was a bitter pill to swallow). Sir Harry, please go away, your posts have gone from misinformed, tto nasty, malicious and calculated attempts at creating ill feeling. Go away.

  • Err no Little Dutch I shall not … its called having a different opinion, something you find intollerable. The author clearly introduced an anti English slant in his criticism of Rooney in the England v Portugal game … there was no need to mention this incident as it didn’t even happen this season and I have no doubt that Ronaldo would have been booed because of his propensity to go to ground so easily as is Robben and Andy Johnson – so maybe the author may want to take a very close look at himself about creating ill feeling before accusing others.

  • There’s having a different opinion, and then there’s just a juvenile attempt at a wind up. Ronaldo’s situation last summer is well worth mentioning given the hate campaign initiated against him by a press who had spent so long trumping Rooney up as England’s saviour, they couldn’t bear to admit he was responsible for their exit. I’m all for a differenc eof opinion and will debate my viewpoint with anyone, but your post about my team being a symptom of my racism, despite the fact I had included seven of the countrymen I am apprently discriminating against, is clearly nothing to do with your opinions on football and everything to do with a personal grudge you bear against someone with the courage to expose the blind patriotism with which you have based your existence. You cannot stand seeing a 23 year old shatter your illusions, while a Chelsea fan revealed you as a liar on another thread. If you have an a=opinion on who you think should be in the team of the year (I wonder if you’ll include any of those undeemly foreigners), please post it. Butdragging up all manner of provocative crap to continue a stupid argument is rather immature. Keep to the subject of the article, or don’t bother posting.

  • Hurrah, the **** has gone. Now, does anyone have any sensible amendments to my choices? I’m hoping that with Sir Harry’s absence, this might actually turn into a site about football debate.

  • Why is Carvalho absent , i suspect you don’t watch as many chelsea games, right? Just base your opinion on his performance at the Carling Cup final.

  • What an idiot you make yourself look SH. The things you come up with is just ridiculous and one sided views shows up your distinct lack of knowledge about anything.

  • Carvalho isn’t there becasue Chelsea’s season came close to falling apart when Terry was absent. That doesn’t bode too well for Carvalho. I don’t think he’s awful, he just hasn’t been as good as Primus, Carragher, Vidic or even Toure. Or Woodgate for that matter. Like I said, I think Essien played better at the back than Carvalho.

  • K_chelski Carvalho is decent but not amazingly good. There are a lot of other better CB out there you know, Woodgate, Toure, Gallas, Terry…I can go on.

  • no I think he revealed you to be the Liar Little Dutch as you tried to sight an example totally taken out of context – you said I was complaining about Liverpool being compared to the Rolling Stones – reading the thread the discussion with your intelligent colleagues was about the merits of winning silverware and your attempts to suggest Spurs had fallen massively behind -cherry picking partial statements from particular posts to try to reinforce your position is particularly pathetic of a teacher – do you also do this with the text you teach? Doing this doesn’t support the strength of your argument, but merely higlights the weakness of it !!!! oh .. who’s the 23 year old?

  • Chelsea season came close to falling apart because we lost 2 goalkeepers,two CBs, and had to play with a midfielder.It’s not his fault, for me he was our third best player this season.That with the fact i watched 97% of chelsea’s games this season.

  • the author has written it very well.. and without prejudice.. for sure whichis quite evident.. this article is not meant for pea-brains like SH with no football knowledge..
    i disagree with the inclusion of primus though.. i think toure and dawson deserve to be there before him..

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